Rising Prices, Rising Quality?

Mariela Serrano and Sergio Gonzalez

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Students may have recognized that the prices at the Mater Dei cafeteria have gone up. Not only have the food prices gone up but the quality has risen. A new Food Service Director, Megan Donahey joins the Mater Dei cafeteria staff. She came to the kitchen with new recipes, ingredients, and improvement for the original dishes.

Before talking about the food, let’s look at changes made to paying for items from the cafeteria. Donahey explains this method by stating, “ MaterDei.CampusCardCenter.com is a website that makes it easy for parents to register and add money with a click of a button. After spending the money they can automatically recharge your card.”

The school ID will give you access to your account. The benefits work on both sides of the counter.

The cafeteria ladies can catch a break on having to return change for a big bills, and can also stop counting all the loose change.

The student’s benefit on this new method is that instead of carrying cash the ID will do. It is also easier for parents to be monitoring their students’ spending.

A junior, Eduardo Navarro gives his opinion on the new payment method, “I think students will have a positive outcome on this like I will. I normally pay with the change I have but if my parents are aware of this then I will receive an allowance that I can learn to manage. It will be my little debit card in an ID.”

Despite the ID’s the money still comes from our pockets. Some students believe that the prices going up may seem unfair. Nonetheless Donahey has a reasoning for this action. She admits, “Only four things went up and it is because they were not being charged properly. You have to consider our food costs and you have to consider we don’t charge taxes and we are paying those taxes on your behalf so you’re getting a good deal.”

She gives an example of the fruit salad. The fruit salad is $3.50 while outside the costs would be around $8. The cafeteria sometimes loses money but is thinking of the students. However, many students still do not understand why out of nowhere this act happened. She explains, “We are buying better and healthier ingredients. Instead of processed chicken patties we are buying premium chicken breast. We are also making better burritos. We have just started selling four types of burritos. Our goal was that the students that did not appreciate our food menu will have better options now.”

A senior, Andres Cortez that has ordered the traditional food for four years says, “The breakfast tacos is my favorite dish at school and I can eat like three but the only thing that stops me from buying more is that the price gets in the way. I understand the reasons behind these price races but wish they would consider that being a r

The Watermelon Salad that has been added

egular costumer is expensive.” He concludes that the quality is better but somethings should be lowered.

Speaking of burritos, Donahey has brought new recopies that students have licked their fingers for. She brought new breakfast tacos that are cheaper with the same exact ingredients but smaller. Many students have also cheered for the new burritos since they are better quality and nicer. But also new salads have joined the menu. A specific one is the watermelon salad that includes feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, and of course watermelon. Many students are also excited about the new addition of corn on the cob.

Donahey is a staff member that cares about student health and what food enters the student body. So if you are wary of the new prices, or menu you may want to check it out yourself.

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Rising Prices, Rising Quality?